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We would like to see media outlets (TV, radio, print and internet) prohibited of publishing any form of election survey results during an election and be fined heavily if they did. Here is our reasoning:

1. Even though the Federal Election Acts states (Part 16, section 326) what information is to be disclosed when publishing survey results, this does not always happen. The case could be made for margins of errors, periods where the survey was conducted and the population from which this survey was drawn from which are not always adequately pointed out. By not having these details pointed out, the meaning of the survey is no longer valid and could lead to confusion.

2. Even though voters cast their vote with their free will, one cannot discount the power of election surveys on those that want to make their votes count. These voters tend to sway their vote to the latest election survey results. One should also take in account that parties get funding based on the amounts of votes they receive during an election. The more parties that get funding, the more choices that will be available to Canadians during an election.

3. Since it can be hard for the respondent to judge the authenticity of the entity conducting the survey or the privacy impacts on their lives from the data being collected, the respondent might be indirectly influenced when answering surveys. Their answers could be easily formulated in a positive manner to satisfy the question asked. There is also the fact that a positive answer removes the need to justify the position to the entity conducting the survey.

4. By not having election surveys communicated by media outlets, this would remove the biggest partisan possibility from the election.

5. Finally, there is the decrease of voting to consider. Even with free will, some voters consider these election surveys to represent the future final outcome of the election. Thus these voters do not cast their vote in the said election for that reason.

We think that not having survey results published in the media would increase voter turnout, voters would actually cast a vote for the candidate of their choice, it would increase public interest in future elections and further represent Canadians choice for Parliament.

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